How to Use Your Portable Generator In Case of a Power Cut

Most of us at some point in our lives will have faced a power outage at home. Aside from the obvious inconvenience this causes, it can also be dangerous – particularly at night. Not only is there the risk of injury to you and those around you, you also might rely on electric heating to keep you warm. Equally, without power, important appliances such as fridges and freezers stop working, meaning you could end up out of pocket when all your food ends up spoiled.

There are numerous reasons for power cuts and often they are beyond our control, but rather than sitting and waiting in the cold and dark for power to be restored, you should have a portable generator on standby. These fantastic and reliable pieces of equipment can be used to power important appliances and facilities until the main supply is back up and running. So to give you a helping hand in this frustrating time, SGS has put together another How-to Guide to show you how to safely use a portable generator in such a scenario.


Choosing the Portable Generator

The importance of choosing the right generator cannot be understated. Firstly, you need to calculate the total amount of Watts you need to get from your generator, taking into account the starting wattage for certain items, which will be higher than their typical running amount. Each item you have chosen, from appliances to simple lighting, should have the wattage they use indicated on them.

Naturally, your chosen generator needs to be able to accommodate the amount you intend to use comfortably. For further advice though, look at our very useful Which Generator Should I Order? page, to help inform your decision.


Nobody wants to experience a power cut, but the unfortunate reality is that they do happen and they are more common than you would think. So to ensure you can always provide your home with the power you need for those essential items, check out our latest selection of quality generators here at SGS and be sure to follow this guide in the future.